2. The Quiescent Spirit
The Yin Gate is the open-doorway through which all Buddhas gain entrance to the affairs of sentient beings. The way forward is illumined with a Translucent Darkness that is a darkness to the senses but an eternal light to the spirit. The quiescent dragon horse does not bolt but opens herself to receive the abiding guidance of the Primordial Mentor; in such fashion she wins the dharma-crown of equanimity in the Unborn.
The cultured and spiritually-refined Noble One is no longer led-astray by the affairs of samsara, but is now emboldened to journey towards the Dharmakayic-Light on the horizon.
One now benefits from time spent in solitude as the quiescent spirit is purified and stabilized in Recollective Resourcefulness. Nothing matters now but resting in the serene assurance that all things are unfolding as they should.
Interpretation of the Lines (in ascending order)
First yin: Hoarfrost ahead. The iceman cometh.
Resistance to outside events is futile without timely primordial guidance. Falling back now on former attachments and associations renders one frozen and thus incapacitated from the Quest for the Unborn.
Second yin: Straightforward, though we do nothing, success is assured.
Perpetually vigilant, like a motionless owl, one discerns how to best respond appropriately to any given situation. Decapitate the head of the restless demon and win the day.
Third yin: Concealment of spiritual resourcefulness, one steers the right course.
Hold fast to principled truths without advertising your development in the Buddhadharma. The time for putting Buddha-gnosis into action will be revealed and the Way of the Unborn expanded when you invoke the aid of the Primordial Mentor to see you through.
Fourth yin: Close the door, danger afoot!
Our movements have been detected by dark forces. Any attempt of active-rectification of the situation will end in failure. At the same time, don’t succumb to the enveloping darkness. Maintain discreet composure in the Unborn.
Fifth yin: The yellow robe of the arahant is an auspicious sign.
Metaphorically putting on the mystical robe of the arahant, one’s inner natural virtue shines outwardly without relying upon direct recognition and approval. If one’s advice is warranted, it will be graciously asked for; if not, remain unmoving.
Sixth yin: The dragon’s blood oozes black and yellow. The Buddha-field is tainted.
When inner-fears resurface without being checked, the will to persevere in inner-quiescence is repressed. Persevere in humble obeisance to the Unborn Will.